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Welcome to Frenchtown Walking Tours!
Each tour covers about half a mile and takes one or two hours depending on how much I remember that day. Tours cost $15 each and you have to register at rickepstein@yahoo.com so I know to show up.
Got a tourism emergency? Visitors from out-of-town who need amusement? Email me if the weather isn't too brutal. I might be available to give any one of my five different tours.


Otherwise I'll be hibernating until spring when I'll be scheduling tours again. Information about the tours and tons of Frenchtown history can be found by scrolling down this site. And I mean TONS.

During any brief periods of wakefulness I'll be working on my history book, which I'm calling "Frenchtown." Catchy title, yes?

"Don't get me started!"

Your guide

I came to Frenchtown in 1977 to become editor of the Delaware Valley News. If I'd known I'd be the official borough historian 44 years later, I'd have come here sooner and taken better notes. Lesson learned. 

                   -- Rick Epstein

Five ways to savor
Frenchtown history!

DOWNTOWN TOUR -- covers the Great Fire of 1878, the rise of the Odd Fellows, the oldest house in town, the silent-movie theater, how Frenchtown got its name, and a look at the future.

UPTOWN TOUR -- Doc Mullins' hospital, the doll carriage factory, Frenchtown High School and the Original Terrier, the Doughboy statue, the Barn Theater, and love in 1942.

CEMETERY TOURS -- facts and true stories about Frenchtown people enshrined there. 

The Capt. Slater Tour -- named for a merchant who went to fight the Civil War and never came back -- except to visit. The tour is mostly about people from the 1800s.

The Gloria Sipes Tour -- named for a woman who wrote about growing up in Frenchtown in the 1930s. The tour features people from the 1900s.

BAD LUCK & POOR CHOICES TOUR -- the boiler explosion of 1879, the banker who was too smart for his own good (1926), death by lightning (1888), gunfire in the drug store (1939), and why Aaron Burr never slept here (1806). 

Rick's Frenchtown history blog

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